Relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cry after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, in the Lido hotel in Beijing on Monday. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has told families of passengers of a missing Malaysian airliner that the plane ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean. Photo: Reuters
Malaysian Airlines says it now has to assume "beyond any reasonable doubt" that missing flight MH370 has been lost and and there are no survivors.
The announcement came in a text message, seen by the BBC, that was sent to families of those on board.
Malaysia Airlines light MH370, with 239 people on board, went missing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur 8 March.
The announcement came as a search effort in the southern Indian Ocean completed a fifth day of operations.